Sept. 7, 2004
Sophomore Peter Campbell became the first player from UCLA to win the 80th California State Fair Amateur Championship Sept. 6 on the MacKenzie Course at Haggin Oaks Complex in Sacramento.
Campbell, tied with teammate Chris Heintz and trailing Erik Flores of Grass Valley by one stroke as they teed off on the final hole, eagled the par 5 18th by sinking a 25-foot putt from the fringe. Campbell's 72-hole total of 200 was 16-under par. Heintz and Flores tied for second at 201 (-15).
"What a finish," said Campbell. "There were a lot of people out there so there was a great atmosphere. It obviously was thrilling for me and I'm sure it was for everyone out there watching."
Campbell almost scored a double-eagle when his 6-iron from 200 yards hit the flagstick. The ball bounced straight back off the green.
Flores, who was leading the tournament by a stroke entering the final hole, was forced to hit a low punch shot because his tee shot had landed in the left rough. From a greenside bunker, his third shot rolled off the green. His birdie putt slid four feet past the hole.
The threesome chased each other all day. At one point Campbell led by four shots, but bogeys at the 11th and 14th holes enabled Flores and Heintz to catch him at 14-under par on the 16th hole. Flores made his third straight birdie and fourth in five holes with a two-putt birdie at the par 5 17th. He had taken the lead at 15-under par.
"I love that (closing) situation," said Campbell. "I love playing under pressure. It's unfortunate that someone had to lose because I think all three of us played some great golf."
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